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Practical Dreamers: Communitarianism and Co-operatives on Malcolm Island

The Finnish socialist utopian community on Malcolm Island has fared better than most smaller BC com munities in the number of books, articles, theses, and films devoted to the telling of its history. Still, the...

By David Breen


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States of Nature: Conserving Canada’s Wildlife in the Twentieth Century

The publication of Tina Loo’s States of Nature: Conserving Canada’s Wildlife in the Twentieth Century marks the coming of age of the field of Canadian environmental history. In some respects, this statement may seem over...

By Billy Parenteau


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Finding Families, Finding Ourselves: English Canada Encounters Adoption from the 19th Century to the 1990’s

This book is a long-overdue corrective to existing literature on the history of the Canadian family. Adoption, as Veronica Strong-Boag asserts, “is a far from marginal phenomenon in Canadian history” (vii), yet historians have given...

By Lori Chambers


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Recognizing Aboriginal Title: The Mabo Case and Indigenous Resistance to English-Settler Colonialism

Australia is one of the few countries of the world where academics and politicians often debate interpretations of their country’s history in the national media. They focus on the story of Aborigine-settler relations. Even the...

By Arthur Ray


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Good Intentions Gone Awry: Emma Crosby and the Methodist Mission on the Northwest Coast

Over the years, historians have paid only sporadic attention to Christian missionaries in British Columbia. While excellent studies periodically appear, they tend to reflect themes and approaches developed elsewhere. Good Intentions Gone Awry thus reflects...

By John Barker


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In the Days of Our Grandmothers: A Reader in Aboriginal Women’s History in Canada

The issue of voice, its recuperation and responsible representation, has long ranked among Aboriginal history’s central concerns. In the Days of Our Grandmothers: A Reader in Aboriginal Women’s History in Canada shares this commitment. Refuting...

By Chelsea Horton


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A Passion for Mountains: The Lives of Don and Phyllis Munday

In late December 1923, North Vancouver mountaineers Don and Phyllis Munday lived with their twoyear- old daughter in a canvas tent near the summit of Grouse Mountain. They were building a cabin and digging their...

By Karen Routledge


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Power and Restructuring: Canada’s Coastal Society and Environment

It is sometimes forgotten that rural Canada is on the front lines of some of the most important changes and challenges facing this country. By now, we are accustomed to hearing about looming crises in...

By Nathan Young


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Far West: The Story of British Columbia

When I received this book by this popular and prolific writer, I thought it was a coffee table history of British Columbia. While Far West is large and glossy, I quickly realized that BC Studies...

By Robert Campbell


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The Woman in the Trees

The southern interior of British Columbia is a landscape woven together by stories, from the geological chronicles of glaciers and mountains to the almost mute presences of kekuli pits, abandoned cabins, and weathered fence lines...

By Theresa Kishkan


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Up-Coast: Forests and Industry on British Columbia’s North Coast. 1870-2005

The southern interior of British Columbia is a landscape woven together by stories, from the geological chronicles of glaciers and mountains to the almost mute presences of kekuli pits, abandoned cabins, and weathered fence lines...

By Duff Sutherland


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Empire’s Edge: American Society in Nome, Alaska, 1898-1934

How many Canadians know exactly where Nome is? Yes, we know it’s in Alaska, though the author of this book may not be confident that all readers will know, since he names the state as...

By William Morrison


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Hills of Silver: The Yukon’s Mighty Keno Hill Mine

Aaro Aho’s book serves several masters. First and foremost, it is the song of Keno Hill and those who prospected, worked, and lived the life of the rich silver-lead mines. Silver ore was first discovered...

By Logan Hovis


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Salmon Farming: The Whole Story

Salmon Farming : The Whole Story is not the “whole story,” but it is certainly the standard story that fish farmers like to tell of an industry maligned by “constant high-profile public opposition” (18). Peter...

By Dorothee Schreiber


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Whiskey Bullets: Cowboy and Indian Heritage Poems

The cover of Garry Gottfriedson’s book promises us a collection of traditional cowboy poetry. Exposed on a wood-grained surface are a pair of silver spurs, feathers, leather collar, and two bullets, one of which is...

By Connie Brim


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Contributors

Contributors

Donna Atkinson is a Research Associate with the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health at the University of Northern British Columbia. After completing her MA thesis in 2005 on the indigenous rights movement in Siberia, she worked as a researcher for the Improved Partnerships stream of the Community-University Research Alliance grant “Partnering for Sustainable Resource Management” co-managed by the Tl’azt’en Nation and UNBC (http://cura.unbc.ca). As well, she served as the research coordinator for the John Prince Research Forest history project led by Dr. Gail Fondahl.

Lara Campbell is an assistant professor in the Women’s Studies department at Simon Fraser University. She has published in the field of gender and the welfare state, and is currently working on a manuscript entitled Respectable Citizens of Canada: Gender, Family, and Unemployment in the Great Depression, 1929-1939.

Bill Carroll is a professor at the University of Victoria where he teaches in the Department of Sociology and in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Cultural, Social and Poltiical Thought. His research interests are in the areas of social movements and social change, the political economy of corporate capitalism, and critical social theory and method. He won the Canadian Sociological Association’s John Porter Prize in 1998 for Corporate Power and Canadian Capitalism (UBC Press, 1986) and in 2005 for Corporate Power in a Globalizing World (Oxford University Press, 2004).

Gail Fondahl is Associate Professor of Geography, and Chair of the Geography and Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Programs at the University of Northern British Columbia. While the main focus of her research has been legal and cultural geographies of indigenous Siberian peoples, she has been working in partnership with Tl’azt’en Nation for the past several years on sustainable forest management. She is principal investigator of a SSRHC Community-University Research Alliance grant, “Partnering for Sustainable Resource Management” that is co-managed by Tl’azt’en Nation and UNBC (http://cura.unbc.ca).

Shibao Guo is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary and an affiliated researcher with the Prairie Metropolis Centre for Research on Immigration and Integration (PMC). His research focuses on citizenship and immigration, social justice and equity in education, adult education and community development, and comparative and international education. His most recent publications appeared in the Journal of International Migration and Integration, entitled “The Changing Face of Chinese Immigrants in Canada,” and “Chinese Immigrants in Vancouver: Quo Vadis?” (both with Don DeVoretz).
Natasha Patterson is a doctoral candidate in Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. She teaches and researches in the areas of gender and television culture, and contributed to the recently published book, The Women’s Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third Wave Feminism (2006).

Bob Ratner is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. His research interests are in the areas of social movements, critical criminology, and political sociology. His current SSHRC-supported research project is in the field of genocide reparations.

Mikko Saikku is University Lecturer of North American Studies at the Renvall Institute for Area and Cultural Studies, University of Helsinki, and Docent of Environmental History at the University of Tampere, Finland. He is the author of This Delta, This Land: An Environmental History of the Yazoo-Mississippi Floodplain (University of Georgia Press, 2005) and coeditor of Encountering the Past in Nature: Essays in Environmental History (Ohio University Press, 2001).